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Old 09-16-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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Need for Amanda McKittrick Ros ebooks

I am frankly surprised and shocked that everyone's favourite writer, Amanda McKittrick Ros, doesn't seem to be available in any available ebook format!
Her astonishing abilities with alliteration shouldn't be lost to lisuese owners everywhere..
An example to the uninitiated:

"The living sometimes learn the touchy tricks of the traitor, the tardy and the tempted; the dead have evaded the flighty earthy future, and form to swell the retinue of retired rights, the righteous school of the invisible and the rebellious roar of the raging nothing."

As one of the favourite authors of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and company in the Inklings, we all deserve to be able to read her astonishing novels. Irene Iddesleigh, Delina Delany and Helen Huddleston should be kept for posterity, as should her poetry, which is just amazing:

Go! Meet the foe undaunted, they're rotten cowards all,
Present to them the bayonet, they totter and they fall,
We know you'll do your duty and come to little harm
And if you meet the Kaiser, cut off his other arm.


Usually I don't ask for ebooks in the Lounge but I figured her special talents would be best appreciated here!
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:29 PM   #2
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And there's plenty more from this Victorian prodigy to share!
This deluded website http://www.nickpage.co.uk/worstweb/ros/ros.html (for some reason these nitwits think that she's bad) give us this:

Irene Iddesleigh is a tale of a mismatched marriage. It contains one of Amanda's most famous quotes:

"Speak! Irene! Wife! Woman! Do not sit in silence and allow
the blood that now boils in my veins to ooze through
cavities of unrestrained passion and trickle down to drench me
with its crimson hue!"


Her second novel, Delina Delaney begins with possibly the most baffling opening sentence in any literature:

Have you ever visited that portion of Erin's plot that
offers its sympathetic soil for the minute survey and scrutinous
examination of those in political power, whose decision has
wisely been the means before now of converting the stern
and prejudiced, and reaching the hand of slight aid to share
its strength in augmenting its agricultural richness?
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:04 AM   #3
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Wow, a misunderstood genius! I agree, it's a shame her immortal works are not available in ebook format yet. Thank you for the reference
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:08 AM   #4
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:13 AM   #5
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Must admit that I've never heard of her.
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:27 AM   #6
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Amazon plans (eventually) to release all work in the public domain as free kindle books. And though the good people at Project Gutenberg don't seem to have gotten round to her yet, rest assured, her day will come!
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Amazon plans (eventually) to release all work in the public domain as free kindle books. And though the good people at Project Gutenberg don't seem to have gotten round to her yet, rest assured, her day will come!
I certainly hope so, and hopefully epubs will come as well!
After all, how could we miss deathless poetic passages such as these?

Beneath me here in stinking clumps
Lies Lawyer Largebones, all in lumps;
A rotten mass of clockholed clay,
Which grown more honeycombed each day.
See how the rats have scratched his face?
Now so unlike the human race;
I very much regret I can't Assist them in their eager 'bent'
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:42 AM   #8
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Must admit that I've never heard of her.
HarryT, she certainly has quite a following!
I admit some are less enamoured with her marvellous writing skills, but as the woman would say herself, they are auctioneering agents of Satan..
Case in point: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/n...nd/5359912.stm
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:51 AM   #9
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My bowels are certainly disturbed after reading that! Thanks .
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It reminds me of Vogon poetry! Or the poem written by the little Earth girl about the dead swan that was actually considered worse!
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Of course she has a rival in mcgonagall, and I'm certain Harry has come across him !
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Of course she has a rival in mcgonagall, and I'm certain Harry has come across him !
A worthy contestant no doubt, but no real threat to Amanda. On the other hand, Nick Page's web site provides us with several close competitors, such as Solyman Brown, author of an epic poem on dental hygiene.
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A worthy contestant no doubt, but no real threat to Amanda. On the other hand, Nick Page's web site provides us with several close competitors, such as Solyman Brown, author of an epic poem on dental hygiene.
And not enough good things can be said about dental hygiene!
Yes, Amanda does have some strong competition (those who are a clay crab of corruption) however how could you go past this?

Holy Moses! Have a look!
Flesh decayed in every nook!
Some rare bits of brain lie here,
Mortal loads of beef and beer,
Some of whom are turned to dust,
Every one bids lost to lust;
Royal flesh so tinged with 'blue'
Undergoes the same as you.
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the images that just flew past my brain cell !!!! :shudder:
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the images that just flew past my brain cell !!!! :shudder:
I always thought you had more than one!
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